This week marks the 13th Anniversary; as Northwest Minnesota remembers the deaths of 7 people at the hands of a student shooter at Red Lake High School.
March 21st, 2005, Jeffery Weise, 16, took his grandfather’s police issued firearm, killed a security guard and entered the school, taking the lives of 6 students and one teacher before turning the gun on himself.
An investigation would show he also shot and killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend at the home they shared earlier that same morning.
Family members say Weise was caught in a troubled situation, his life filled with frequent relocations and disruptions. He had twice attempted suicide, was hospitalized for depression and was prescribed Prozac and anti-depressants at the time of the shooting.
Today we remember the student victims, Dewayne Lewis, 15, Chase Lussier, 15, Chanelle Rosebear, 15, Thurlene Stillday, and old Alicia White, 14, along with school security guard Derrick Brun and teacher, Neva Rogers, 62.
Former Thief River Falls News Director, Chris Melbye, received the state’s highest journalistic award for coverage of the events in Red Lake in 2005.